Meteorite slices ~ These colorful images are of thin slices of meteorites viewed through a polarizing microscope. Part of the group classified as HED meteorites for their mineral content (Howardite, Eucrite, Diogenite), they likely fell to Earth from 4 Vesta, the mainbelt asteroid currently being explored by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.
Mysterious Ceres Bright Spot Is Double! - NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on February 19, 2015, from a distance of 29,000 miles (46,000 km) of Ceres, the largest and most massive object in the asteroid belt. The image reveals that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion which appears to share the same basin. Dawn will reach Ceres next Thursday on March 6, 2015
How a giant impact formed asteroid Vesta's 'belt' When NASA's Dawn spacecraft visited the asteroid Vesta in it showed that deep grooves that circle the asteroid's equator like a cosmic belt were probably caused by a massive impact on Vesta's south pole.
This image of Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, features several craters with bright material within and around them. The image is centered on terrain near the equator of Ceres and faces southeast. The large crater at top, just right of center, is named Nawish for the guardian of the field of the Acoma people. The 50-mile- (80-kilometer-) wide crater's southern rim is thrown into sharp relief by shadows.The view was acquired from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The…
Could the Dwarf Planet Ceres Support Life? by Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | 12/22/14 The dwarf planet Ceres, also the largest asteroid in the solar system, is seen here in an amazing view from the Hubble Space Telescope. In March 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is expected to enter orbit around Ceres to study the object like never before.